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* Red Dahlia *

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How long before I furtle in my seeds???

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:17
No lidl near me but thinking where the nearest is now. We have an aldi close ish!!
Love to hear about bargains!!

question about lobelia (the tall variety) and rudbeckia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:09
I have 2 of those in the garden. As yet nothing has popped up from the soil!! Praying it comes up.

First new year resolution for 2014

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:54
I'm meant to as my garden is not big at all but I just can't. This year I have just thought, one more, oh and a spare, and if that doesn't come I won't have anything!!!

First new year resolution for 2014

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:25
I am a sucker for anything that seems a bargain. I am always drawn to the bargain shelves and the end of season items. This year it's seeds as they are self collected so ultimate bargain! Also cuttings, I keep eyeing up other people's plants to see what I can half inch (pinch) to make cutting material. Just need the summer growth to start then will patrol my dads garden.

I took most of the heads from his dahlia bishop of ???? Began with an L. He then had v bad weather and lost the heads he had left. I felt so bad I had to give it back , but I bargained some seedlings when he has germinated them. A worthy prize for saving at least some if his seed!!

question about lobelia (the tall variety) and rudbeckia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:14
Did the red one have bronze foliage. Mine was called queen Victoria! I had a pink one with green leaves and it was a vivid pink, wish I knew the name as I loved it. Took a cutting which is hanging on!

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:09
My piccolo haven't shown their heads yet!

How long before I furtle in my seeds???

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:05
V - may leave the one closer to the house and move the one on the edge of the drive. Just need to think of some other cheapish evergreen shrubs to replace. I'm a compact girl don't like messy stuff.

I'm absolutely in love with a hellebore I bought from b&q about 2 weeks ago. Neat, smart, striking and will provide interest all yeAr. It's in the back boarders in a shaded more damp position.

Holy H - I have a 4 ft x 6ft I think plastic greenhouse but have not had chance to get it up. Hence the conservatory doing the hard work!

My soil conditioner is going to improve the back when I can scrape out clay from round my perennials, dig wider boarders then replace with soil conditioner and chicken pellets I think. Feel free to tell me I'm wrong.

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 20:04
Thanks for your reply. I potted up last night. Most things had roots reaching to the bottom of original pots. Even the verbena rigida have strong squat rroots, however leaf growth non! And original leaves are half brown!! Wondering if all is lost.

Have you ever taken cuttings from cineraria silver moondust? Mine overwintered and I'm wondering if I should take cuttings? Have you tried??

How long before I furtle in my seeds???

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 19:55
Hey don't you all start nicking my words!

And my haphazard spelling and words were a result of blind typing under the desk at work trying not to be caught! Sorry and glad you understood, even if I did cause amusement.

V - thanks for telling me. I have always looked at skimmias and wanted one. I planted both at the front of the house, both are on the open boarders lining the drive. Wondering if that's not the right place!! The plants were ??3 each and stand about a foot tall excluding the pot. The hebes are called blue star and red edge. Both meant to be dwarf types! All 4 plants are light sandy type soil where I dug out 2 ft deep of clay and replaced with sandy top soil. Have I got them in the wrong place. The front garden faces east and because its more open it catches the wind a tad more than the back. My OH said the front garden is 75deg east!!!!!

I have said before I know nothing of gardening other than the tiny bits I know!!!!!!!!

Standard red robin - poorly!!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:28
Will put in some fertiliser and see how we go. It was bought as a standard, not my idea but looked stunning when I bought it all those years ago. Thanks for tips

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